University Centre Peterborough

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd

Animal Management (Animal Behaviour and Welfare)

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Course summary

The Animal Management sector is evolving and expanding constantly and therefore requires an adaptable and knowledgeable workforce to meet these changes. This course will provide you with a solid in-depth introduction to animal welfare and management, to meet employer demands in such a competitive industry. How will you Learn? You will learn through lectures, seminars, practical demonstrations, independent research, visits, field work and through work-related experiences on the programme. An in-depth, independent research project will also form a large part of your second year of study in which you will need to investigate, analyse and report on a set theme relating to animal behaviour and welfare. Methods of Assessment: A range of assessment methods will be used including reports, presentations, practical demonstrations, essays, academic posters, journal articles, laboratory practicals, and research projects. Trips and Events: You will have the opportunity to be involved in regular trips to wildlife parks, zoos, animal shelters, natural history museums and an opportunity to train with Safari Guides in South Africa (subject to costs). Throughout the course you will meet industry specialists including Reptile Specialists, Zoo Keepers, Boarding Establishment Owners, Ecologists and Vets. Progression Routes: Upon successful completion of this course you could apply for the final year ‘top-up’ full degree e.g. Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Management, Animal Biology or Animal Behaviour. Acceptance on to these courses is at the discretion of the institution offering the top-up. Former students are now employed in the animal care industry in a number of roles including, Wildlife Rehabilitators, Canine Hydrotherapists, Animal Technicians, Aviculturists, Kennels and Cattery Workers, Zoo Keepers and Conservationists. Work-based Learning and Employability Development: You will be required to complete at least 80 hours work experience where you will learn essential industry skills to strengthen your employability. The centre also have links with local vets, kennels, pet shops, animal shelters and zoos to support your progression in to employment. Facilities and Support: You will have access to a range of species housed in the on-site Animal Studies Unit and develop necessary skills in animal management and husbandry. The Animal Studies Unit has recently undergone significant development to provide facilities which exceed current animal welfare standards and now includes a range of small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates, as well as a bespoke nocturnal room, grooming facilities and a large outside area housing rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, birds, marmosets and meerkats. The centre also works closely with a local farm which houses a range of livestock including sheep, cattle, goats, horses, pigs and poultry, providing a number of invaluable practical and research opportunities. Additionally, the unit also benefits from a large practical classroom which is used for demonstrations, laboratory practicals, animal health assessments and animal training tutorials. You will also have access to an Academic Support Tutor to assist you with your studies and careers advisors to help you with your future employment.

Course details


YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4) Animal Health and Welfare (15 credits) Business and the Business Environment (15 credits) Managing a Successful Project (15 credits) Animal Behaviour in Society (15 credits) Animal Husbandry (15 credits) Animal Anatomy and Physiology (15 credits) Animal Nutrition (15 credits) Management of Exotic Species (15 credits) YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5) Research Project (30 credits) Biological Principles (15 credits) Anthrozoology (15 credits) Evolution and Adaptations (15 credits) Animal Breeding and Genetics (15 credits) Wildlife Conservation (15 credits) Work Experience (15 credits)

Assessment method

YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4) 95% Coursework 5% Practical Exams YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5) 75% Coursework 25% Research Project

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

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The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

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Animal Management (Animal Behaviour and Welfare) at University Centre Peterborough - UCAS